All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
It slips through the fingers. Its light, constantly shifting from one area to another as the wind beckons and the sun radiates. Beneath the sand however, is something entirely different. It isn't light, it isn't insubstantial, it isn't ever-present; it is something heavy, dark, and musty.
Like the tombs ridden with spiders, like the cities hidden with suspicious characters, like the islands overflowing with Nazis; Raiders of the Lost Ark thrives on secrets. The core of every Indiana Jones adventure is kept alive by history, and its reputation to cover up. Civilizations are lost, artifacts are misplaced, rumors and bedtime stories are spread; and as a result, history is perfect for providing the groundwork for an adventure film.…
I was recently posed the question; ‘what is the greatest blockbuster of all time?’ It is a question I pondered for barely a second before answering: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s hard to think of a film filled with more iconic moments. In one movie Spielberg, and to his credit, Lucas, have managed to create more iconic images and lines of dialogue in a single film than most filmmakers achieve in a lifetime: the boulder dash, retrieving the hat, the melting face, sword vs. gun, the snake pit. I could easily go on, practically every sequence in the film has at least one standout moment that has become part of the public’s consciousness.
Yet a film made up of…
Although Steven Spielberg's Jaws gets the distinction of being the very first blockbuster in cinema history, the blueprint of modern blockbuster filmmaking was brought to life by none other than Spielberg's early 1980s action-adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, which didn't just become one of the finest examples of its genre but even today remains one of the most enjoyable & entertaining works of this esteemed director's extensive career.
Set in the year of 1936, Raiders of the Lost Ark concerns an archaeologist & adventurer named Indiana Jones who is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant after learning that the Führer is after the same biblical artifact which, according to him, would make his army an…
Quite possibly the best adventure film of all time.
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
Even before anything actually happens in the film, or even before we've seen Indiana's face, you feel like you're watching something special just by the font of the opening credits. As ridiculous as that sounds I think it's true. As the letters appear superimposed over three characters we haven't met yet traipsing through a unidentified jungle, you can feel it in your gut that you're about to experience something fantastic. It's one of the rare films that made going to the movies a truly special experience.
The film is simply iconic. It's filled with iconic characters, iconic moments and even an iconic musical score. We've all heard the stories about…
“It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.”
So I’m continuing to write these short reviews for some of my favorite films which I’ve never had a chance to comment on. It’s about time I give Steven Spielberg some love for one of the earliest films I have the memory of seeing. I don’t know how old I was when I first watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, but if my memory isn’t playing a trick on me I have to say this is the first movie I actually fell in love with (perhaps it has to do with the fact that it was released on my birth year). Raiders, First Blood, The Goonies, Romancing the Stone, Back to the…
Good fun action...with more to Dr Jones than the iconic running-away-from-boulders I was aware of.
Harrison Ford vs. the Nazis vs. Egyptian Fire Ghosts
One of the single greatest action films of all time. 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' not only combines the brilliance of Spielberg and Lucas, but brings to front and centre Harrison Ford, the kind of iconic actor that only comes around every few generations. The combination of factors is trail blazing.
Indiana Jones and Star Wars were those trilogy's that networks would plough out every bank holiday when I was a kid, the one's my father loved so much, and would force me to watch as a child. This sounds like it was a punishment, obviously it was a delight. The original Indie film has everything going for it. Not only did it open a world of interest into ridiculous…
Absolutely perfect escapism. I have seen it about a hundred times. I will probably see it a hundred more. I love this film.
I watched this a second time and my opinion didn't change. It's still just a decent movie which has some fun moments, but since this wasn't a part of my childhood it doesn't have that magic that most who watched it as a kid have for it. I like the series more as it goes on, but this one is just a fun adventure movie for me. Nothing special, just sorta fun.
I wasn't raised on Indiana Jones, but there is no doubt, that Raiders is an all-time classic. It seriously only gets better.
Every time I watch this movie, it makes me feel like a little kid again. That childish excitement. Hidden treasures, old artifacts and mythological stuff, revolvers, the whip and Indiana Jones, what more could you ask for? I love it!
This is how a good blockbuster should be!
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People who call Dr. Jones inconsequential in this movie (without him, the Nazis still would have found the Ark and opened it and got smote somethin' fierce) don't know what the heck they were talking about.
After all, Indy failed to notice he was being tailed as he led those Nazi goons to Marion's bar in Nepal, where the medallion lay. Indy drew the attention of the Nazis by digging RIGHT NEXT TO THEIR SITE, instead of doing the logical thing and wait patiently for few weeks until Belloq threw up his hands and packed his bags. To top it off, his good sense betrays him by trusting a couple of silly bureaucrats, whom he seems…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!